The Revolutionary Republican Party Saoradh held a dignified and respectful Easter Commemoration in St Mary’s Cemetery today [8th April].
Participants gathered at St Mary’s Church before they made their way to the Republican Plot led by wreath bearers and a banner depicting the martyred 1916 signatories.
The entire event was surveilled under the watchful eye of the Crown Forces who positioned themselves in a number of vantage points and circled the cemetery in armoured cars.
Proceedings were chaired by Newry’s Saoradh representative Stephen Murney who welcomed everyone to the event and thanked them for attending.
Stephen pointed out that Easter is an important time of year for Irish Republicans everywhere. It’s a time when we reflect, recommit and rededicate ourselves to the Republican struggle.
Tributes were also paid to Republican Prisoners and their families.
Stephen then called for Ray O’Hanlon to read the 1916 proclamation.
Following that wreaths were laid on behalf of the IRPWA, eistigi Republican Youth and Saoradh.
Eistigi member DJ Hynes was then called on to read the IRA Newry Brigade Roll of honour.
The annual commemoration concluded with a minutes silence in memory Ireland’s fallen martyrs.